Listening and Improving
February 10, 2016
Dear Loyola Faculty and Staff,
Earlier this week at the State of the University addresses, I followed up on the results of the SEIU Local 73 election, in which a majority of the College of Arts and Sciences full-time non-tenure-track and part-time faculty who voted opted for union representation. I also provided an update on the recent election involving IUOE Local 399 and our skilled maintenance staff and the current petition by SEIU Local 73 to organize members of our English Language Learning Program.
As I have said all along, we respect the rights of our employees to organize, and we will work with both unions to move toward a collective bargaining agreement contract for each group.
Our faculty members are the key to providing a transformative education and fulfilling our educational mission. To learn more about what is most important to faculty and what we can collectively do better to serve our students, I have been regularly meeting with faculty to listen to feedback. I want to thank those who have shared their thoughts on what is working well and what needs improvement. I will continue to hold these meetings, and I know that listening works when action is the outcome. Together, we will identify meaningful ways to address the top concerns.
I have encouraged each school dean to host similar listening sessions and to collect as much information as possible about the issues and concerns of their faculty. We are fortunate to have you—top-tier educators, researchers, professionals, and advocates for student learning—to carry out our special educational mission.
I look forward to the upcoming faculty receptions scheduled for each campus, and hope that you will be able to stop by to share your thoughts on how we can continuously improve Loyola University Chicago. Please invite a colleague to join you.
- Lake Shore Campus—Monday, February 15; 4—6 p.m.; Mundelein Center, Palm Court, 4th Floor
- Water Tower Campus—Tuesday, February 16; 4—6 p.m.; Schreiber Center, Wintrust Hall, 9th Floor
- Health Sciences Campus—Monday, February 29; 4—6 p.m., Cuneo Center Atrium
John P. Pelissero, PhD